United’s women’s team were formed just eight months ago and have plied their trade in the second tier – the FA Women’s Championship.
They have produced a top-level form to reach the final four but have yet to come against a side with as much cup pedigree as holders Arsenal, the most successful side in women’s domestic cup history.
Arsenal and Manchester United will meet for the first time in women’s football tomorrow night
Arsenal Women take on Casey Stoney’s Championship leaders Manchester United in the Conti Cup semi-final on Thursday evening.
Arsenal Women vs Manchester United Women match preview
This is the first time the clubs have met since United reformed their women’s team last year.
The Red Devils are currently 4th in the Championship (if they win their two games in hand, they will go top), having decided to begin life in the second tier, but they are a WSL team in all but name.
The Dutch striker has enjoyed a wonderful second season in Arsenal colours, scoring 16 goals in 13 WSL games this season – a league record with seven games still remaining.
Attempting to keep Miedema out will be United’s number one, who dropped down a division to join the Red Devils from rivals Liverpool.
Start Time Arsenal vs Manchester United
The semi-final clash takes place on the evening of Thursday, February 7.
Kick off is set for 7:30pm. football.london will be bringing you player ratings and a match report after the game.
Where is Arsenal vs Manchester United?
The action will take place at Meadow Park, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
On Monday night, Arsenal’s men saw their Under-23 clash called off against West Ham due to heavy fog.
So far the weather forecast is looking clear for the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup.
United topped Group Two North with three wins and a defeat and navigated beyond Super League side West Ham United 2-0 in the quarter-finals with both goals from Jess Sigsworth.
Arsenal have had a more predictable run to the last four, scoring 20 goals and conceding just two in four group games before coming from behind to edge past Birmingham City 2-1 at home in the quarters.
The Gunners have proved dominant in the league cup, having won five of the seven editions so far and will top this season’s Women’s Super League if they win their game in hand.
Despite competing in a lower division, the Red Devils have been equally strong, with nine league wins out of 11 and boast a goal difference of +48.
Such strong league form has been backed up by knocking out higher-level opponents in the Continental Tyres League Cup and United will be hoping to claim their biggest ever scalp on Thursday night.
Ahead of the match, Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro said: “We’re back in control in terms of when we can bring players back in – it was very difficult before Christmas when we were losing players at will.
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
This match will not be broadcast on UK TV.
But you can follow all the action with NewGersy Sport’s LIVE blog.